Funding Opportunities

The Cushwa Center is accepting applications for the following grants:

Research Travel Grants assist scholars who wish to use the University of Notre Dame’s archival collection in Catholic Americana at the Hesburgh Libraries. The application deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit for details.

The Hibernian Research Award, funded by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, provides travel funds to support the scholarly study of the Irish American experience. The application deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit for details.

The Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grant is offered in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame. This award supports research in Roman archives for a significant publication project on U.S. Catholic history. The application deadline is December 31, 2015. Visit for details.

The American Catholic Historical Association is accepting applications for the following grants:

Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant

For junior faculty members who are completing a research project that will lead to publication and/or fulfillment of tenure requirements. Two $1,000 grants are available.

Graduate Student Summer Research Grants

For graduate students who are ABD and attending an accredited institution of higher learning. Three $1,000 grants are available. Applicants must hold ACHA membership at the time of application and must remain a member-in-good-standing through the duration of the grant.

Application deadline for both grants is March 15, 2016. Visit for details. 

The Louisville Institute’s Dissertation Fellowship program is designed to support the final year of dissertation writing for students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects with the potential to strengthen the religious life of North American Christians and their institutions while simultaneously advancing American religious and theological scholarship. Fellowships provide an annual stipend of $22,000 beginning in September. The application postmark deadline is February 1, 2016. Visit for details.

The Academy of American Franciscan History is accepting applications for four dissertation fellowships, each worth $10,000. Up to two of these fellowships will be awarded for projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan family in Latin America, including the U.S. Borderlands, Mexico, Central and South America. Up to another two fellowships will be awarded to support projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan family in the rest of the United States and Canada.

Projects may deal with any aspect of the history of the Franciscan family, including any of the Franciscan branches (male, female, tertiary, Capuchin, etc.). The applicant must be a doctoral candidate at a university in the Americas, and the bulk of the research should be conducted in the Americas. The recipient must be engaged in full-time research during the period of the fellowship. The application deadline is February 1, 2016. Visit for details.